West Virginia State Parks

Plenty of Time Left to Meet the 2016 Chief’s Challenge

Like most state naturalists, West Virginia State Parks Chief Sam England loves to hike. In fact, he enjoys outdoor activity so much that in December 2015 he issued a challenge to all West Virginians:

Hike 100 miles of trails at West Virginia State Parks and Forests during 2016

Why issue the Chief’s Challenge? According to Chief England, it’s a great way to get outdoors, explore West Virginia’s natural beauty, enjoy the company of other nature lovers, and get some of that exercise you’ve been putting off. Best of all, it’s free!

Whether you’re already on your way or just getting started, there is still time left to meet the Chief’s Challenge, and we’ve gathered some key reminders to help! So grab those hiking boots and a bottle of water and hit the trails.

Don’t Go it Alone

If you need some extra motivation, find a hiking partner! State Parks personnel schedule guided hikes year-round. Another option is to invite family and friends to participate. Groups of eight or more can book a private hike with a park naturalist.

Check the events calendar for listings and contact information.

Challenge Reward


Don’t forget that if you meet Chief England’s challenge, he promises something special at the end of the year for those who complete their 100 miles. He’s thinking maybe a hot cocoa party and early winter hike to celebrate. If you any other suggestions, share them with us in the comments section below!

How to Meet the Challenge

Happy trails!